MILFORD - The public is invited to attend the third Milford Readers and Writers Festival on Friday, September 28 at the Milford Theatre.

The festival will open with the Oscar-winning film version of best-selling novel, “To Kill a Mocking Bird” featuring special guest, Mary Badham, who played “Scout” in the original 1962 movie.

Badham, who won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for the film, was chosen for the roll of, “Scout” at the age of 10. At the time, she had no previous acting experience and was the youngest person ever to do so. Local director and performer, Gregory Peck will be conversing with Badham about topics such as, the making of the movie, her friendship with Gregory Peck, and how the movie resonates today.

To Kill a Mocking Bird was recently pulled from a high school reading list because it has apparently been known to make it’s readers feel discomfort.

The festival, which is now in it’s third year, kicks off on Friday evening with a version of a performance based on a conversation between the people who love reading books and the individuals who write them. The performance this year will emphasize the transformation from written word to screen.

The first year, there was an opening performance by The Humans Collective, who performed an interpretive dance to Maya Angelou’s poetry. Last year, the audience was moved to tears with Len and Heather Cariou’s reading of, “Love Letters.”

Throughout the day on Saturday, September 29, the audience will be invited to take part in a series of conversations with known actors and authors. The festival headliners will include: a conversation with Emmy award winning author and actor Alan Alda; feminist writer and activist Susan Faludi in conversation with Carol Jenkins, an Emmy-winning anchor and correspondent for NBC-TV; “Writing About War” with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frances FitzGerald in conversation with Phil Klay, moderated by Lucian Truscott IV; and a panel on “The Brave New World of Publishing.”

Main stage events will be continuing on Sunday with “Both Sides of Politics” featuring Andrew Napolitano in conversation with Joe Sestack. Next up will be New Yorker cartoonists, Bob Eckstein, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Christopher Weyant, and David Borchart. The afternoon will conclude with the Women’s Panel, “Women of Our Words.”

Aside from ticketed events, the festival offers a variety of free programming and events open to the public, including: storytelling, children’s and young adults events and a panel for parents, “The Changing Landscape of Parenting,” at the Pike County Public Library, an Artificial Intelligence-themed Science Fiction Panel, “Recovery from Trauma,” poetry, comic books, a panel on conservation at Grey Towers, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark,” the “Fauchere Series” authors, a pop-up bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers, and more.

There are a limited number of festival passes valid for entry to all festival events as well as a private authors reception, available for sale at www.milforreadersandwriters.com on the Eventbrite link for $150. The prices will increase on September 3.

The Milford Readers & Writers Festival is a project of Pike Artworks, Inc., a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organized by a group of community volunteers from the Upper Delaware River Valley region.